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Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985
      Tue Sep 14 2004 12:28 PM

I was in living in Tallahassee at the time, attending FSU. I worked part-time in an office setting at night. We knew there was a "storm" coming, but had no idea what effects there might be. About 8:30 PM, I finally told the bosses I had had enough and was going home. A co-worker had already tried to drive to her home, only to turn around after encountering down powerlines & trees. She followed me to my little garage apartment and spent a sleepless night on the couch. We listened to the wind howling and debris hitting the windows all night.

The next morning the power was off. We were so completely unprepared. I went out to my car to listen to the radio and hear what was happening. Having no food in the house, I somehow made it to the grocery store and found a surreal scene. They were operating on generator power, enough to keep the cash registers going. Everyone was functioning in a dazed state.

For the next few weeks, all you could hear was chain-saws buzzing as they cut up the remanents of the fallen trees. The most impressive (and sad) sight was the 100 year old oak trees completely uprooted.

Now living in the Tampa area and having been through 2 near misses this year, I don't take anything for granted. We were prepared for Ivan, and though it appears he will not visit us, we're glad to have been ready (as ready as one can be). It's like going through a fire drill. Everytime you do it, you get better at it. You are ready for the eventual and seemingly inevitable, but continue to pray to be spared.

Thanks for letting me share!

Gulftrade

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* Hurricane Elena, 1985 James88 Tue Sep 14 2004 12:28 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 flynorm   Mon Sep 08 2008 08:55 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Andi   Tue Sep 02 2008 09:27 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 FlaPenny   Wed Sep 03 2008 10:40 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 brooksville girl   Tue Sep 02 2008 09:25 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 CJ1   Mon Sep 01 2008 05:12 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 CPALabLover   Fri Sep 17 2004 04:09 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 rufusfrog   Wed Sep 15 2004 12:27 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 James88   Wed Sep 15 2004 01:15 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 natb1   Tue Sep 14 2004 11:00 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 msgatorslayer   Tue Sep 14 2004 06:42 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 vci_guy   Fri Sep 17 2004 02:31 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 gulftrade   Tue Sep 14 2004 12:28 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 dfwguy   Sat Sep 11 2004 12:28 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Redbird   Sat Sep 11 2004 02:22 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 BillyV   Mon Sep 13 2004 08:34 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Redbird   Tue Sep 14 2004 08:06 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 LisaJ   Mon Sep 13 2004 11:51 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 TampaDon   Tue Sep 14 2004 12:43 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 LI Phil   Wed Jul 07 2004 07:52 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Timbo   Wed Sep 15 2004 03:32 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 MichaelA   Sat Jun 25 2011 07:44 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Goula Girl   Fri Jul 09 2004 04:49 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 LI Phil   Fri Jul 09 2004 07:35 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 Goula Girl   Sat Jul 10 2004 12:41 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 LI Phil   Sat Jul 10 2004 11:51 AM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 hurricane_run   Fri Aug 06 2004 03:08 PM
. * * Re: Hurricane Elena, 1985 James88   Fri Jul 09 2004 04:53 PM

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